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Boston, March 23, 1832
Mr. J. M. Mackie,
Your favour of the 20th alterns was duly received. I have not answered it before, because I have been trying to persuade myself that I should find time to prepare the poem so politely requested by my respected "Brother". I must no longer, however, delay my reply, and as the chance of my having the honour to come among you would be quite uncertain, I must respectfully decline the invitation which, under other circumstances, I should be proud to accept.
With much esteem,